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APME Update

July 3, 2013


Aug. 5, 2013
Deadline for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

Aug. 15, 2013
Submit best work to ‘Great Ideas’ book

Sept. 27-28
NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

Oct. 3-4
NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

APME accepts nominations for 12th Annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards go to individuals, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Send material to:

Sally Jacobsen, email:
The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001


Respond to AP Sports Content Survey

The AP wants to ensure it continues to provide sports content of value to its customers and their customers. We’re hoping you can complete the survey below to help inform decisions about coverage from AP Sports

We would like your replies -- both multiple-choice and comments -- no later than Monday, July 8 ... but the earlier the better. At the end of the survey, you have the option of giving your name, email and other particulars. Or, you may wish to reply anonymously. Either way, we value your response.

You can access the survey at this link:

The password: Sports content

If you encounter any technical problems, email for assistance.

Thank you for participating.
Terry Taylor
AP Sports Editor
New York

THE NEXT INDUSTRY SENSATION? APME's 2013 'Great Ideas' book seeks your best work

Let the world see your new organization’s best stuff by submitting it for the Associated Press Media Editor’s 2013 "Great Ideas” book.

What's a Great Idea? It can be a new concept for print or online, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow journalists by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes to do.

The "Great Ideas” website, located here, allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompanies your idea.

Last year, more than 100 ideas were featured in the book and presented throughout the APME conference in Nashville.

"Let’s top that this year,” said David Arkin, co-chairman of the APME Awards/Innovator Committee. "But we need your help.”

While all of the ideas submitted are published in the book, several are highlighted at the annual conference, which will be this year in Indianapolis.

Joe Hight, co-chair of the committee, said it takes only a few minutes to input the ideas into the form. Hight, editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, added it’s important that news organizations help each other with ideas which could generate more readers and audience.

"News organizations are becoming increasingly innovative during these times. It’s great to see such resiliency,” he said. "You never know when your idea will become an industry sensation.”

Anyone wanting to submit an idea can do so by Aug. 15. There is no cost to submit ideas.

If you have questions, contact Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at

Nominations open for APME's quarterly 'Great Idea' contest

Earn national recognition by nominating your Great Idea for the Associated Press Media Editors’ quarterly contest.

Whether it’s an idea that’s succeeding at your media company or a recently unveiled innovation, you should enter it as a quarterly nominee for the national contest. It also will be automatically submitted for the 2013 "Great Ideas” book.

Submit your nominations from 2013, preferably April through June, now to be considered for the contest. It’s easy to do, and you might even receive national recognition from APME for your achievement.

Your deadline is July 15. There is no cost to enter the quarterly contest.

Let APME know about what your news organization, small or large, is doing. You can submit your "Great Idea of the Quarter” nomination at

SIGN UP NOW: APME Conference – Content is King – Oct. 28-30, Indianapolis

It’s time to sign up for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The theme is Content is King. Learn more here.

A sampling of the sessions:

Monday, Oct. 28, First Amendment

New organizations were jolted earlier this year when word broke that the Justice Department had snooped around Associated Press telephone records. More recently, leaked information about the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program has raised questions about whether newsgathering itself might one day be criminalized. Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, will moderate a discussion of these and other First Amendment hot buttons.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Did the Boston bombings change how audiences connect with fast-evolving news stories? Or was it simply another wake-up call from a restless audience sounding the alarm on slumbering newsrooms? A special lunch presentation with Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute on "The New Ethics of Journalism.” Kelly, senior faculty for Poynter, will be the lunchtime speaker on the challenges and realities facing journalism. Kelly’s energy and expertise on journalism ethics make her a sought-after speaker and prominent author on a subject dear to many conference attendees.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Metered content is fast becoming the media standard. But do editors truly understand the evolving habits and expectations of readers? Dare we mention native advertising and what it could mean locally? Greg Swanson, partner and CEO of ITZ Publishing, will lead a panel discussion on metered content that’s guaranteed to provoke and perhaps create cranial discomfort. Greg, an Oregon-based consultant, has an extensive background on research and product development. He has an unapologetic view that many media organizations haven’t gone far enough to tap into varied digital content.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Change management

We’re saving one of the best for (almost) last. Butch Ward, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute and a longtime friend of APME, brings his wit and wisdom to Indy with a session on change management for conference participants. Butch will examine the impact of change on media organizations and how editors can adapt and benefit from this brave, evolving world. Butch also will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions for participants who sign up for this unique opportunity.

Hotels: The event will have two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169 per night, and the SpringHill Suites, $139 per night. Special hotel rates are available until Sept. 26.

The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State Museum. In addition, the first night's reception and APME Foundation auction will be held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, and the second night will feature a reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions.

Register now for Colorado Springs NewsTrain Sept. 27-28

NewsTrain will be in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sept. 27-28 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Other members of the planning committee include the Greeley Tribune, the Grand Junction Sentinel, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Evergreen Newspapers, The Associated Press Denver Bureau, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Society of Professional Journalists, the Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs), and Adams State College.

Location: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado, Springs, CO.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: Colorado Springs NewsTrain.

Diversity Scholarships available: The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation is offering diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism. Click here to find out more.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Samantha Johnston, Colorado Press Association,


Reporting with Data: A primer in how to start working with data and databases as a regular part of good beat work and as a source of strong watchdog / enterprise packages.

Diving Deeper with Data: How (and where) to assemble bodies of the latest data on a community, a topic, or an issue.

Five Stages of a Story: A five-step process for developing and delivering high quality stories.

How to Shoot Video: A how-to session on skills and techniques for capturing "usable" video footage, primarily with a focus on short news / feature video that is posted quickly.

Video Storytelling Skills: Video can be used to tell a variety of stories, short or long, on your web site. This session explains the choices and skills, including the concepts of "lo-fi” and "hi-fi” video and how both fill needs on newspaper websites on over smartphone apps.

Social Media Best Practices 2.0: This session offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage audience engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working over time.

Social Media as Reporting Tool: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects.

Colorado FOI Update: An overview on the latest developments in Colorado FOI and sunshine laws, with advice on framing effective FOI letters and how to deal with events or confrontations that appear to violate Colorado FOI law.

Learn more here.

Sign up now for Seattle NewsTrain Oct. 3-4

NewsTrain will be in Seattle, WA, Oct. 3-4, 2013, for a two-day workshop at the Seattle Public Library. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Seattle Times,Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tacoma News Tribune, Puget Sound Business Journal, KUOW public radio, The Seattle Globalist, EO Media Group,, The Associated Press,University of Washington and Washington State University journalism programs.

Location: The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: Seattle NewsTrain

Diversity Scholarships available: The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation will offer diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism. The scholarships will cover the registration cost of NewsTrain and may cover some of the recipient's accommodations and travel expenses. NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. The Seattle NewsTrain will be held October 3rd-4th., and Pacific Northwest candidates will have the best chance. In all, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded for the Seattle event. Interested journalism students and young journalists of color who need assistance attending NewsTrain in Seattle should send a resume and application letter by July 1st to Jessica Partnow at

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, or Jim Simon, Seattle Times,


Finding the Best Stories in Data: Given a fairly structured data set, how do journalists find "actionable intelligence” or the best storylines.

Mining for Data: Data and documents help reporters covering government, business, public safety or most any beat shift the balance of power. How? This session explains how to grow a data-and-document mindset, using the example of one specific town in Washington state.

Digital Storytelling: How to approach the development and presentation of breaking news and enterprise packages with both print and online platforms in mind.

Data Visualization: Many new tools have created a surge in data visualization, the presentation of data in visual and interactive forms online.

Planning & Coaching Content Across Platforms: How to frame clear standards and workflows for new digital media in a rapidly changing media environment.

Continuous Coverage: Once your set of online tools is in place, how to plan and manage continuous news coverage across digital and print platforms, and create content specifically for the web and print.

Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable when reporters are faced with big breaking news stories or enterprise projects.

Maximize Your Social Media: So you're a journalist on social media, but not so sure you're taking the right approach?

Smartphones for Journalists: A guide to the best apps, web sites, and other tools for reporters working in the field.

Enterprise off a Beat: A program aimed at reporters and editors on how to spot and develop enterprise stories off a busy beat.

Learn more here.

Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 -- already, six members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.


GREAT IDEAS from 2012

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz.

The Arizona Daily Star published four e-books in four months and have sold nearly 3,000 copies. Our most successful is the three-book series "Bad Girls of Arizona,” about murderous women at the turn of the last century and their trials. Each book sells for 99 cents and can be read in a couple of nights. The "Tales from the Morgue” books began as a blog, for which we retyped stories from microfilm. We’re streamlined the typing by using Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software and the promotion by creating one visual that will serve as book cover and house ad. The house ad runs in the shape of a bookmark on our Sunday books page.



WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: Marijuana’s march toward mainstream confounds feds
Seattle Times: Dead woman leaves behind mystery of who she really was
The Columbus Dispatch: Gangs using Net to set up attacks
Arizona Republic: Districts convert traditional schools to charter schools in bid for state cash
Kansas City Star: Local man falls prey to jihad fraud scheme
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Leader of botched ATF sting sent to Phoenix
Democrat and Chronicle: Doubts grow in shaken-baby science

If your AP-member publication or newscast has a recent example of watchdog journalism, send the information to

Read about these projects at:


One moment, Rahim Faiez was standing in a quiet, heavily guarded section of Kabul, his chaotic hometown. The next, he was in the middle of a battlefield in the Afghanistan War.

It was 6:30 a.m., and Faiez, an AP correspondent in Afghanistan since January 2002, was waiting with about 20 other journalists for an escort into the palace for a routine assignment to cover a speech by President Hamid Karzai.

Suddenly, four Taliban gunmen jumped out of their explosives-packed vehicle, kneeled down and started spraying the area with gunfire. Two of them fired at presidential palace security guards stationed at a checkpoint, the other two at the Ariana Hotel, where the CIA is known to have an office.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Karly Domb Sadof

Pennsylvania’s coverage of the 150th anniversary of the decisive Civil War battle of Gettysburg began in May with stories examining how the medical techniques used to treat battlefield injuries there are studied today by U.S. military doctors abroad, a video package and story that leveraged new mapping techniques to show what Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was able to see, and not see, before issuing orders for Pickett’s Charge, and a somber look at the descendants of the freed slaves who came to Gettysburg with the Union army, dug graves and then stayed to build lives of their own.

But how could AP cover the annual re-enactments in a new, special way for the sesquicentennial? Here’s how: Karly Domb Sadof on the New York photo desk scoured the AP archives and the Library of Congress for images from the Civil War and teamed them with corresponding modern-day re-enactment photos for an irresistible then-and-now gallery.

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Veteran Texas newspaperman Greg Shrader, editor and publisher of the Lufkin Daily News and former publisher of The Kerrville Daily Times, is the new president of the Texas Press Association.

Shrader, 60, assumed the post at TPA’s summer meeting in Houston.

"It is a privilege to continue to serve the newspaper industry in Texas. I think it’s a viable industry, and I want to make sure I do everything I can to continue that,” Shrader said.

Shrader began his 39-year journalism career at the Houston Chronicle. Since then he has worked at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, the Abilene Reporter-News, the Galveston County Daily News, the Kerrville Daily Times and the Lufkin Daily News. In addition to his duties in Lufkin, he serves as vice president of Southern Newspapers Inc. and assists in management of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel.

Jim Kirk, editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, has been named publisher of the newspaper in a reorganization of management.

The Sun-Times reports ( ) that Kirk will continue as editor of the daily tabloid. He also will be editor and publisher of the CST Group, which includes the SouthtownStar, the (Joliet) Herald News, the Post-Tribune, Splash, Grid and the Chicago Reader.

Robert K. Elder has been appointed editor in chief of the STM Local suburban newspapers. They include the Pioneer Press publications, the Naperville Sun and the daily papers in Aurora, Elgin and Lake County. Jim Hickey is the STM Local general manager. Paul Pham has been appointed CST Group senior vice president.

Timothy Knight continues as chief executive of Sun-Times parent Wrapports LLC.


• AP: Is search for Snowden turning into a sideshow?
• Washington Post: Former chief judge of secret court defends role in spying
• Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion
• WatchABC now in LA, Chicago, SF for pay TV subs
• Investigative journalism center starts fund drive
• Judge lets ex-sheriff's employee lawsuit continue
• San Francisco paper sues rival over low ad rates
• News Corp splits after Friday market close

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Ex-Express-News publisher Charles Kilpatrick dies

Charles O. Kilpatrick, who was the top executive of the San Antonio Express-News for 19 years during the 1970s and 1980s, has died after a lengthy illness at 91.

Kilpatrick died at his home on San Antonio's downtown River Walk, son Mark Kilpatrick told the Express-News ( The son is the newspaper's former managing editor.

Charles Kilpatrick arrived in San Antonio in 1950 after working for East Texas dailies. He rose through the ranks after joining the staff as a copy editor of what was then the afternoon San Antonio News. He was named publisher in 1971, when the newspaper still published separately as The News and the morning San Antonio Express.

In 1973, the Express and News became the first U.S. newspapers to be bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

In an email to the newspaper, Murdoch called Kilpatrick "a great newspaper man" and "a wonderful friend and colleague."

Kilpatrick retired in 1990, three years before News Corp. sold the now-consolidated Express-News to Hearst Corp.

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The Albuquerque Journal touts state’s latest starring role

The Albuquerque Journal says it’s time to cowboy up, pardner. The highly touted $250 million Disney film "The Lone Ranger” is on its way to a theater near you. Starring Armie Hammer as the masked hero and Johnny Depp as Tonto, the movie not only brings the legendary characters to a new audience, but the Land of Enchantment as well. No fewer than 16 New Mexico locations – from Shiprock to Angel Fire to Valles Caldera – were used in the filming. Rio Puerco, 36 miles west of the Duke City, was transformed into the two towns, Colby and Promontory Summit, which play central roles in the film. With the exception of sojourns to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Nation, Rio Puerco provided the base of operations for the company for three months.

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